By LAYLA ABBAS
Can you imagine living on one dollar every day? Can you imagine not knowing if you will have enough food to eat at the end of the day? Can you imagine being sick and not having access to a doctor?
Living on One Dollar is a documentary accessible on Netflix, that explores the lives many people are forced to live every day. A group of Claremont Mckenna college students spend 2 months in rural Guatemala, living on one dollar. This documentary exposes the lives many people in LDC’s are accustomed to living.
They face the realization of what it means to starve, to face serious health issues, and the truth of what it means to live on one dollar. During their trip, they meet an inspiring young boy named Chino, who is 12 years old. Chino, is not a typical kid, as he does not go to school like the rest of his friends, but yet works as a farmer to help care for his family.
The college students are inspired greatly by Chino and the neighbors that offer them a home cooked meal that is only served once a year, because of its high cost. The physical transformation they experience is truly a reflection of the reality of life in rural Guatemala.
The film has won an award for the Best Documentary at the Sonoma International Film Festival, and received endorsements from Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, and the Director of the Hunger Games, Gary Ross.
I would highly recommend this documentary to anyone who wants to feel inspired, encouraged, and motivated to make a change in the world we live in.